Harold Snider, Adjunct Associate Professor and major activist for the disabled and Nazumi Takeda, education consultant to the World Bank, October 2008, “Design For All: Implications For Bank Operations”; AB
1.04 Unlike national development agencies, there is no mandate for specific design approaches or concepts in Bank projects. Somenationaldevelopment agencies require specific accessibility standards. For instance, projects funded by theUnited States Agency for International Development (USAID) must follow architectural accessibility guidelines that are required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) unless there are country standards for accessibility. There are sometimes conflicts between these requirements and the culture of the developing country where the project is funded. On the other hand, these requirements can bring about social change because including accessible design concepts can change ideas about disability and architecture.